Daydreamer’s Guide to Creative Writing 

The biggest advantage you have as a daydreamer is that you dream most of the day and build castles in the air. Thoughts run wildly in your mind as you jump from one idea to the other. This is great like a stepping stone for creative ideas. If you are an eccentric like me and dream in pictures and words, that’s even better. But you will have to start with a blank screen. Just start pressing the tab and keys after you have put down your heading and narrowed in on what you want to write about.

Hook 

This is your attention grabbing tool. The first few hundred words that you write must grab the attention of your reader. It’s the starting point of your blog / novel / essay. The hook has to be dramatic and dynamic loaded with adjectives, powerful words and sentences. This is the starting point of your drama or vision of what you want to tell the reader. He should be able to visualise the event. It could be a war, a robbery, a rape, a wedding or a university inauguration. This is your starting point. Keep it powerful.

Establish Key Characters

Go on to establish the protagonist and antagonist and a few key characters. Give each a backstory, traits, mannerisms, vocabulary and dialects. Where are they from and what motivates them? Why do they do what they do? What are their qualities? How do these characters relate to each other?

Build Situations

By building situations in your story, you will create an environment for your characters to be pitted against each other. The Good and the Evil are usually pitted against each other. You could have a love triangle where two guys go for the love of one woman. You could have a war where two army generals battle it out like in the movie Troy or Mahabharata. You could have a dying patient who needs a transplant to save him and only one doctor that can save him. You could even have the inspector and deceit story as in old Hindi movies.

Twisters 

These are twist points where the plot twists suddenly due to an unforeseen event or situation. It could be an accident that the protagonist goes through. This is a dramatic incident that changes the course and flow of the story. Two lovers separated from each other by their families or a sudden death of a character. A dramatic event that alters the dynamics of the story and creates a struggle between the main characters. You can have many of these twists in the story. A film like Race had dozens of twists that kept altering the pace and dynamics of the story. Therefore, the audience was left on tender hooks waiting to see what would happen next. Twists give pace to your narrative, builds intrigue and suspense. You can keep their attention by using these twists as plot points into your narrative.

The Backflip

This is a very unique yet effective way of telling a story or a narrative. You actually start backwards and then build the story from the ending. Pulp Fiction used this technique of storytelling. Movies like Inception or Memento also use unique storytelling techniques. Inception builds dreams within a dream and then the narrative flows.

Plot

This is your basic story idea and if you are writing a novel, you need a beginning, a middle and an end. Always leave your reader asking for more. They should keep coming back to find out what will happen next in the plot and how the characters will interplay with each other.

Drama

This can be injected into the story through dialogues, exchange of words and ideas. An offer is made, a deal is struck, a betrayal, a tragedy takes place. The drama keeps pace with the narrative and the two move side by side. Inject tension between characters, differences and alternative points of view between them. This will give way to struggle and a tussle between the characters. It could be for love, money, land or just different ideologies. There should be some friction to create the drama that will explode into your narrative.

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